Whatever you think of Pat Buchanan, he was spot on in this segment, smacking down right-wing fear mongering about Iran and nailing the Bush administration for empowering the country with its misbegotten invasion of Iraq.
Buchanan pointed out that former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was in power for eight years and “did nothing” to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, as Fox loves to (wrongly) quote him as threatening.
Hannity began to get rather exercised. But Buchanan continued, undeterred.
BUCHANAN: Are we going to be frightened by words from some character in Iran? …Listen to the American head of intelligence. He says Iran does not have a bomb program as of 2013. Secondly, if they start building a bomb, we will know it. Third, Iran has made some concessions, they’re not enough, it makes them less able to get to a bomb…
…Your friend Bibi’s been talking about Iran getting a bomb since 1992. In 2006, he said they’ll be building 25 bombs by the end of the decade. Are they? No.
Buchanan also explained that U.S. and Iranian interests are allied to some degree right now.
BUCHANAN: In Iraq, Iran is fighting ISIS and Al Qaeda. In Syria, they’re fighting ISIS on behalf of Assad. In Yemen, they’re not involved there.
…Sean, they’re fighting our enemies. I’d rather have Iranians fighting in Tikrit and dying than American kids there.
But the best part was when Buchanan told Hannity, “The reason Iran is gonna be a power in the gulf is because your president, George W. Bush, invaded Iraq and turned it into an ally of Iran.”
Hannity tried to blame President Obama but Buchanan wasn’t having any of it.
BUCHANAN: Sean, the reason we’re in this position is because Saddam Hussein, a thug, was overthrown, his state was destroyed, his army was broken up. Elections were held by Bush's democracy crusade and the Shia won and we lost Iraq!
Buchanan finished by making Hannity and Netanyahu look like cowards.
BUCHANAN: I’m not scared of Iran, for God’s sakes. They don’t have an atomic bomb. …Bibi’s sitting on 200 atom bombs and he’s fretting over Iran, which hasn’t even produced weapons grade uranium?
The United States could finish off Iran in an afternoon. What are you frightened of, Sean? …I think you’re hysterical, Sean.
Buchanan had Hannity sputtering – and it was a thing of beauty.
Watch it above, from last night’s Hannity.
Crossposted at News Hounds.
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